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Lensmire, Joshua

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
5156 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-5344




Josh Lensmire is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department. Josh arrived at MSU in 2016. As a member of the laboratory of Neal Hammer, Josh studies how Staphylococcus aureus acquires organic sulfur sources during infection, and what organic sulfur sources S. aureus catabolizes during infection. Josh earned his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Charles Kaspar on filamentation of Salmonella enterica in hyperosmotic conditions. 


  1. Pratt, Z., M. Shiroda, A.J. Stasic, J. Lensmire, and C.W. Kaspar. 2016. Osmotic and desiccation tolerance in Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica requires rpoS (sigma 38).  In Stress and Environmental Control, De Bruijn, Frans J. (ed.). John Wiley and Sons.
  2. Abramson, B.W., J.M. Lensmire, Y.T. Lin, E. Jennings, D.C. Ducat. 2018. Carbon partitioning from growth to bioproduction in a sucrose secreting cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongates PCC7942. Algal Research 33:248-255.
  3. Lensmire, J. M. , Z.L. Pratt, A.C.L. Wong, C.W. Kaspar. 2018. Phosphate and carbohydrate support the formation of filamentous Salmonella enterica during osmotic stress. Microbiology 154:1503-1513.
  4. Lensmire, J.M., N.D. Hammer. 2019. Nutrient sulfur acquisition strategies employed by bacterial pathogens. Curr Opin Microbiol 47:52-58.